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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 189

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Oh, the birds are back are in town. With camellia and daffodils almost at full bloom, that's a sure sign that allergy season approaches, when Bagheera will be reduced to a congested, sniffling mess — but who'd dare complain amid all this extra daylight? Let's hear it for dusk after dinner. Hallelujah. The cats are in heaven.

While Bear taunts a neighbor's new chickens, Bagheera lurks under the rhododendron, spying on leashed dogs as they pass. Oreo just keeps climbing the apple tree again and again, clawing at the bark.

Each time the rain starts up, they reconvene on the front porch.

"I'll catch twice as many mice as you this year."

"If you break into a science lab, you might."

"Mice? Let's talk poultry. Have you seen the state of that coop?"

Give them a thousand of these nights, or five thousand, drenched in long shadows and half-light. Not even April yet, the whole of spring and summer still ahead.

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"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

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In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

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